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Art Spaces Archives Project Presents Panel Discussion at the College Art Association's 98th Annual Conference

“Alternative Publishing and Distribution Models as Art and Curatorial Practice”

Mark Primoff

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—Art Spaces Archives Project (AS-AP) announces a panel discussion entitled “Alternative Publishing and Distribution Models as Art and Curatorial Practice,” to be held at the College Art Association’s 98th Annual Conference on Saturday, February 13, from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago, 151 East Wacker Drive, in the Columbus AB Room on the Gold Level of the East Tower.


Over the past six years Art Spaces Archives Project (AS-AP) has presented panels at the annual College Art Association Conference that have addressed contemporary art related archives by investigating institutional models and identities, institutional holdings, and the organizational histories of living and defunct alternative arts organizations. This year’s panel will examine how artists and curators have expanded the concept of arts venues to include publishing sites as models for the production and exhibition of contemporary art and curatorial practices.


The panel will feature Anthony Elms, artist / writer, assistant director of Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago and editor of WhiteWalls, a 30-year old Chicago–based art and language journal; James Hoff, cofounder with Miriam Katzeff of Primary Information, a non-profit organization devoted to printing artist’s books, artist’s writings, out of print publications and editions; and Emily Roysdon, artist / writer, and editor and cofounder of the queer feminist journal and artist collective, LTTR. The panel will be moderated by Ann Butler, project director of AS-AP, and director of the library and archives at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.


Founded in 1978, WhiteWalls began as a publication for artists working with language, featuring contributions from many prominent figures in text and language-driven art and concrete poetry. WhiteWalls is now an innovative Chicago–based publisher of fine art titles. Primary Information is a nonprofit organization devoted to the printing and in some cases republication of select artists’ books, artists’ writings, out-of-print publications and editions such as Real Life Magazine, The Great Bear Pamphlet Series, and long lost recordings of DISBAND, among others. Founded in 2001, LTTR is a feminist gender/queer artist collective with a flexible project-oriented practice. LTTR produces an annual independent art journal, performance series, events, screenings, and collaborations.


About Art Spaces Archives Project


Art Spaces Archives Project (AS-AP) is a nonprofit initiative founded by a consortium of alternative art organizations, including Bomb magazine, College Art Association, Franklin Furnace Archive, New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), New York State Artist Workspace Consortium, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. With funding provided by NYSCA, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, AS-AP has a mandate to help preserve, present, and protect the archival heritage of living and defunct for- and not-for-profit spaces of the “alternative” or “avant-garde” movements of the 1950s to the present by compiling a national index of alternative arts spaces, assessing preservation needs, and helping to establish best practices for contemporary art related archives. AS-AP’s website,, serves as an online resource for information pertaining to collections and repositories containing the archives of the avant-garde, tools to assist in archiving, and other aids for scholars interested in alternative or avant-garde movements.


About the Center for Curatorial Studies


In January 2007 AS-AP merged with the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard. CCS Bard is an exhibition, education, and research center dedicated to the study of art and curatorial practices from the 1960s to the present day. In addition to the CCS Bard Galleries and the newly inaugurated Hessel Museum of Art, CCS Bard houses the Marieluise Hessel Collection of more than 2,000 contemporary works, as well as an extensive library and curatorial archive that are accessible to the general public. The Center’s two-year graduate program in curatorial studies is specifically designed to deepen students’ understanding of the intellectual and practical tasks of curating contemporary art. Exhibitions are presented year-round in the CCS Bard Galleries and Hessel Museum of Art, providing students with the opportunity to work with world-renowned artists and curators. The exhibition program and the collection also serve as the basis for a wide-range of public programs and activities exploring art and its role in contemporary society.


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This event was last updated on 04-15-2014